Choosing between a Cat A or Cat B Fit Out

When you’re moving into a new office or redesigning an old one, there are a lot of decisions to make and processes to run through before delivering a space that will allow your organisation to thrive.

Part of the process is choosing between a Cat A and Cat B fit out. To make these easier to understand, this guide will run through the differences between them and explain what’s involved in each step.

What is a Cat A Fit Out?

A Cat A commercial fit out is the first stage of building up the new office from a shell and core – where only the structure exists without services or design. Essential services are installed to make the space functional. This only includes the bare bones, creating a blank canvas to add furniture, space plans and further design features.

What’s included in a Cat A fit out?

Specific items included in a Category A fit out include:

  • Mechanical and electrical services – which includes HVAC
  • Electrical services which includes small power and lighting
  • Fire alarms and smoke detection
  • Raised access flooring
  • Suspended ceilings

After a Category A fit out, a Cat B commercial office fit out is used to make the space uniquely yours. In some cases, Category A and Category B fit outs can be completed simultaneously. This is both time and cost efficient and will allow every aspect of your workplace design and build to align closely.


What is a Cat B Fit Out?

A Cat B fit out transforms a blank canvas into a space where your workforce is fully equipped with everything they need to work effectively and efficiently.

Working closely with our team of design experts, we’ll have undertaken a deep analysis into who you are, making sure we understand your business goals and what your people need to succeed, which we’ll unlock by transforming your workplace.

A Cat B fit out transforms a blank canvas into a space that encapsulates the very identity of your organisation, by creating an office designed for the people who will use and visit the space. From finalising the space plan, to equipping it with furnishing, lighting and the latest technology, a Cat B fit out infuses your personality into the space while ensuring that your new workplace has been designed to meet the wider business objectives of your organisation.

After the structure and design is finalised, furniture is added to make the space complete. Our team of in-house furniture experts devote themselves to sourcing the perfect office furniture solutions for your new workspace, ensuring every piece is both practical and representative of your brand. Working in harmony with our office designers, they create visually stunning workspaces that are highly versatile and can adapt to the needs of your business.

Ultimately, the Category B fit out takes your workplace from a house to a home, creating an environment where your team will flourish.

What’s included in a Cat B fit out?

Specific items included in a Category B fit out include:

  • Partitions – walls, doors
  • Tea points, breakout spaces, meeting rooms and collaboration areas
  • Furniture
  • Flooring finishes
  • Audio-visual integration
  • Data cabling
  • Graphics and detailing
  • Desking and workspaces
  • Wall finishes and joinery
  • Mechanical and electrical alterations
  • Installation of small power and feature lighting
  • Lockers and storage

What’s the difference between Cat A and Cat B?

Category A and Category B fit outs are effectively two different stages in a commercial office fit out.

Starting from shell and core, Category A fills out the operational essentials of a building space, and Category B maximises the potential of this space, by adding everything needed to create a functional, working environment.

For more information on Cat A and Cat B office fit outs, speak to one of our experts to find out how you can redesign your working environment and redefine your workplace experience.